Classroom Close-up NJ is a half-hour television program that features innovative projects in New Jersey public schools. The 15-time Emmy® award-winning show is in its 23rd season and airs on NJTV every Sunday at 7:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The show is the only television program in the country devoted to featuring the positive things happening in public schools. Here you can watch and download current shows, search for stories that have aired the past two decades, become a fan, view the photo gallery, and check out the schedule and monthly guide.
ArtsEdNow – The goal of the ArtsEdNow campaign is to increase participation in arts education in schools across New Jersey. Leading the charge is the Paramus School District, which has taken their arts programs from one that needs improvement to a model school. With support from administration and the school board, Paramus High School has developed highly successful culinary arts, fashion, woodworking, music and graphic arts programs that are resulting in exciting careers for their students.
40 Book Challenge - Jordan Road Elementary School sixth graders take the challenge to read 40 books this school year. Teacher Phillip Pallitto was inspired by the "Book Whisperer" written by a teacher in Texas who uses the challenge to inspire her middle school students to read. Mr. Pallitto says the key is letting the students select their own books. And for those who are having a hard time finding a book that they like, other students make recommendations. Last year Phil's class read over 2,000 books.
Island Schoolyard Garden - Ethel Jacobsen Elementary School in Surf City was awarded “Best in New Jersey Farm to School” Award from New Jersey Department of Agriculture. The students and their parents spend parts of their summer tending to the school garden, and during the school year they learn lessons from science to math to vocabulary. Teachers in pre-k through second grade demonstrate different lessons at each level.
Materials Processing - The materials processing program at Hamilton East - Steinert High School is not your traditional wood shop class. Lee Friedman's students construct everything from guitars to furniture to video game-inspired tiki masks.
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